Vertere Acoustics announces the new Phono-1 MKII

28.07.2022

Press release | Touraj Moghaddam, founder and chief executive of Vertere, announced that the multi-award-winning Phono-1 MKII, MM/MC Phono Preamplifier has been improved. The New Phono-1 MKII L features improved performance, a new gold-plated L-shaped Printed Circuit Board and significantly enhanced accessibility for the customisation DIP switches. The Phono-1 MKII L which is available now will sell for 1350 GBP, 1648 EUR, 1895 USD, 2700 AUD.
 
The sound quality improvements are subtle but significant. The MKII already was better than the original due to the more optimal choice of components. The L takes this further with non-trivial PCB layout improvements. Moving the linear power supply to the main PCB allowed a significant track and ground plane layout optimisation. The new design ensures signal tracks are of equal length, impedances lowered, and track widths adjusted to direct current flow.

The Phono-1 already included an unusual grounding selection switch with three positions giving a choice of Hard Ground, Ground Lift, or Soft Ground. This, in certain installations, may achieve even lower background noise from the record player. 

 

Vertere Acoustics Phono-1 MKII
 
The Phono-1 is user-configurable for most Moving Magnet and Moving Coil Cartridges available. The DIP switches on the bottom of the unit facilitate the choice of 15 input impedances and 9 options of capacitance together with 10 choices of gain. For example, it allows a somewhat peaky – with a rising HF response – Moving Coil cartridge to be tamed by adding capacitance rather than by reducing input impedance.

 

Vertere Acoustics Phono-1 MKII

 

Lowering the input impedance tends to 'slug' the sound, reducing musical performance and drama along with lowering the brightness. Adding capacitance while keeping the input impedance higher allows the full performance to shine.

Phono-1 MKII L gets the best from any high-quality record player, with maximum dynamic range and supreme detail resolution.

New 'L' shaped high-quality gold-plated PCBs for the main phono circuit and the mains power transformer ensure optimised grounding and power distribution. In addition, stainless steel shield ensures that any unwanted interference is kept well away from the audio signal.

The shields, combined with the use of high-quality components and special solder, guarantee consistent optimum performance for the long term.

Stainless Steel Shields A 3-way switch provided at the back of Phono-1 gives the options of 'Hard Ground', 'Ground Lift' or 'Soft Ground' connection of the preamp and the chassis to minimise any hum introduced between the Phono-1 and the amplifier.

The Phono-1 is available in a range of high-end finishes, including a new DG-1 design featuring a front panel to match the new Vertere record player. Other finishes available: Silver aluminium, Signature Vertere Orange and Semi-matt Black. L The power LED is now orange to easily identify the MKII L version.

 

Download the Vertere Acoustics Phono-1 MKII manual and technical specifications here.

About Vertere
Reducing engineering to its fundamentals, to get you even closer to the original recording.
When aiming to reproduce the complexities of music, it's all too easy to introduce even more significant complication in the engineering of audio equipment, putting in place one element to solve the problems until the whole design escalates into something fiendishly intricate - and expensive.
That's not the Vertere way: coming at the whole problem with decades of audio and mechanical engineering experience, plus close collaboration with the recording and mastering industry, we step back, take a long hard look at the fundamentals, and look for simple, elegant solutions.
That may sound like a simple "less is more" philosophy, but we prefer to look at it this way: the best audio equipment shouldn't add anything to or remove anything from the original recording. Instead, it should affect it as little as possible; bringing the listener ever closer to what the artist, producer and mastering engineer wanted you to hear.


 

For further info: to Vertere Acoustics website


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